On an afternoon in February 2016, a lone constable was dealing with a man and a woman about a bylaw offence on a sidewalk near Commonwealth Stadium.
The man was uncooperative, refusing to give his name, and walking away despite warnings not to. The constable attempted to take him into custody, but the man charged and began throwing punches.
The large man was able to wrestle and pin the constable to ground, where he could not breathe or access his weapons to defend himself.
Mr. Eugene Derose was driving by, and without hesitation, stopped his car and ran to the constable’s aid. Mr. Derose quickly pulled the man away, and helped the constable handcuff him, ending the ordeal without further incident.
While there were numerous bystanders nearby, they appeared to be concerned with capturing the incident on their phones, and only Mr. Derose came to the constable’s aid during the attack.
Because of his valor, this citizen was nominated by Northwest Division Constable Sasa Novakovic.
Congratulations Eugene Derose.